New FSA Chief named

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack did not waste much time filling the open FSA Administrator job. Jonathan Coppess has been tapped to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Doug Caruso last Monday.”Jonathan Coppess brings a wealth of agricultural policy experience to USDA’s leadership team,” Vilsack said. “His farm background will be invaluable as President Obama and I work to assure the soundness of the safety net for American farmers and ranchers.”

Previously, Coppess worked for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska as his Legislative Assistant for Agriculture, Energy and Environmental policy. He joined Senator Nelson’s staff in February 2006, and practiced law in Chicago for four years before returning to Washington to work on agriculture policy.
Coppess grew up on his family’s corn and soybean farm in west-central Ohio, where his father and brother continue the seven-generation farming operation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami of Ohio, and a law degree from The George Washington University.

Caruso resigned Monday saying he and USDA leadership shared the same goals, he did not agree with how to achieve those goals.

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